The Mind - Benders: Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and the Hallucinogens, ca. 1970. ARC Identifier 13260 / Local Identifier 88.6. This film explores the history of hallucinogenic drugs, and specifically the effects and therapeutic uses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Combining graphics that suggest a hallucinogenic experience, snippets of interviews with users (who explain their reasons for taking the drug) and doctors, and taped sessions of research with volunteers, the film delves into the destructive as well as possible positive uses of the drug.
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May 27, 2022 Subject:
Today much more is known than was shared in this old film
I used to joke about the supposed flashback experience that films like this spread about. It would be a free trip for us broke college kids to have a colorful hallucination like LSD, mushrooms etc. One thing I noticed in this film was that Peyote is "Mexican" which has obvious racial implications that aren't likely meant to be positive. Strange too, is the acceptance of one hallucinogen over another based on next to nothing, or the words of some unknown person. As a detective, one of my jobs was conducting background investigations on candidates for law enforcement officer positions. During the week-long school I went through I learned that most agencies weren't concerned about their candidates having used psilocybin mushrooms, but LSD was a guaranteed flusher for any candidate honest about their experience with the drug. That has since changed. Today there is nearly universal recognition of the fact that everyone has at least one experience with the drugs that used to mean a lifetime ban from many career fields. Background investigators like myself don't normally recommend anything; background reports are comprehensive personal history documents to be used by a separate hiring committee. If anything, I believe there are a lot of good people who had high potential to become successful officers, homicide detectives, criminal investigators, crime scene analysts etc. who were overlooked because they were more forthcoming about their personal history than candidates who withheld such information without lying about it.
October 20, 2019 Subject:
They missed the part when you're trippin balls when you laugh your ass off.
December 14, 2011 Subject:
Great Job, FDA!
I agree with the first reviewer - this is a buried Archives cult classic.
What makes this one great is that it sends such a mixed message. If you listen closely, you hear the government's anti-hallucinogen message, but if you just go with the feel of the film, you get the impression the drug is fantastic. 5/5
February 6, 2011 Subject:
If this were in the Prelinger Archives it would definitely be getting watched by all and sundry, but its hidden in the government section like a pair of crushed velvet bellbottoms in back of granny's closet. AMAZING visual representations (by the Man, no less) of what its like to flip your lid lysergic style coupled with the expected cautionary tone that probably only made students even MORE curious to dose. The docs and psychs underplay the positive aspects of LSD while the heads noodle on their sitars to freak-out music and mutter about seeing faces in everything. Careful balance is made between the really cool head you will have after with the fact that you might just start tripping again while reading this. Its sort of like showing someone the coolest cave in the world but standing outside of it whining about how you'd be playing russian roulette if you stepped in there. Hell, it was medical encyclopedias and films like THIS that made me want to try LSD. No weeping alcoholics and tales of "bad trips" are gonna scare the brave and curious, it's just gonna make it more fun!
One great bit has a doc cozying up to the LSD crowd by saying, "rebellion is healthy! it leads to great things! But this is no eating a goldfish or the hulahoop". Huh? GOSH DARN THAT FIENDISH LSD!